Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes - 3/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction

Vancouver Canucks at Arizona Coyotes - 3/12/20 NHL Picks and Prediction Photo by Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6) at Arizona Coyotes (33-29-8)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm (Gila River Arena)

The Line: Arizona Coyotes -130 / Vancouver Canucks +110 --- Over/Under: 5.5

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The Vancouver Canucks and Arizona Coyotes meet Thursday in NHL action at the Gila River Arena.

The Vancouver Canucks need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 23.5 percent of their power play opportunities. JT Miller leads Vancouver with 27 goals, Quinn Hughes has 44 assists and Tanner Pearson has 164 shots on goal. Defensively, the Vancouver Canucks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.2 percent of their opponents power plays. Jacob Markstrom has given up 117 goals on 1,420 shots faced and Thatcher Demko has allowed 74 goals on 773 shots. The Vancouver Canucks have allowed three or more goals in 15 of their last 18 games.

The Arizona Coyotes need a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Arizona Coyotes are averaging 2.7 goals per game and are scoring on 19.6 percent of their power play opportunities. Conor Garland leads Arizona with 22 goals, Nick Schmaltz has 34 assists and Oliver Ekman-Larsson has 133 shots on goal. Defensively, the Arizona Coyotes are allowing 2.6 goals per game and are killing 82.7 percent of their opponents power plays. Darcy Kuemper has given up 62 goals on 870 shots faced and Antti Raanta has allowed 80 goals on 1,014 shots. The Arizona Coyotes have allowed three or more goals in 15 of their last 23 games.

The Canucks are 13-6 in their last 19 games following a win, 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Coyotes are 4-1 in their last 5 home games, 10-3 in their last 13 games playing on 2 days rest and 8-17 in their last 25 overall. The over is 9-2 in Canucks last 11 overall. The under is 8-3-1 in Coyotes last 12 overall. The Canucks are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Arizona and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.

The Vancouver Canucks haven't had much success on the road lately and have lost five of the last six meetings against the Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes have been hit or miss pretty much all year and are a team I'm not thrilled to get behind, but they're in much better form than the Canucks, and they've played decent hockey at home over their last few tries. It's hard not to side with the Arizona Coyotes and the cheap price at home.

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Randy’s Pick Arizona Coyotes -130

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